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  1. Brian, thanks, you too. I came to this forum because interested in DACs from Gieseler Audio. If you look into the provided links you see that they spend "extreme" efforts to get the software right as well. It is a combo of a special stripped Windows professional server version and JPlay. No Linux at all. Best Matt
  2. Please compare this price to prices of MSB DACs and you will see that it is not embarrassing. So far all failed to approach the SQ of the Taiko Extreme. There is a thread about it here: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/taiko-audio-sgm-extreme-the-crème-de-la-crème.27433/ A very good report about the Taiko Extreme is here: https://www.monoandstereo.com/2020/02/taiko-audio-sgm-extreme-experience.html#more Matt
  3. Hi Clay, is there any chance to save some costs with the option of a simple case, like Klein III DAC? I must say I like very much this minimalist Klein DAC case, much more than the case of the Fein DAC. Thanks Matt
  4. Wow Clay, this is what I would call an explanation!!! Thanks, btw did you try AK4493 with the Groß transformers, so the better chip with the probably better transformers? Anyway I am curious what kind of transformers you will use for the AK4499 DAC. All the best for your work on the new DAC. Matt
  5. Hi Clay, nice to hear that you can use transformers with current output DACs as well. Maybe you can answer the question why the Groß DAC has been discontinued? The Groß had the best and biggest Jensen output transformers with the best bass response and lowest distortion while the Fein uses IIRC smaller transformers with inferior specs. So I think there is a gap which only a AK4499 DAC can fill but at a much higher price. Thanks Matt
  6. Hi Clay, thank you for sharing the info. What do think about the SQ? Is the SQ worth the triple price of your existing top model? What about the output stage, AFAIK transformers are not possible because of the current output? Greetings Matt
  7. Hi Clay, what about the AK4499 DAC? Any news? Thanks Matt
  8. For all who are interested the first big post on diyaudio: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/314935-es9038q2m-board-461.html#post5841340 Matt
  9. Hi Clay, on diyaudio appear the first listening impressions with the AK4499 Evaluation board: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/314935-es9038q2m-board-457.html#post5830912 Do you have one? Best Matt
  10. The mentioned link: https://www.phileweb.com/review/article/201812/11/3270.html Use google translate or similar. Matt
  11. I would say it is the same. I did not make any photos, I was happy that they did the comparison. They had two boxes in the same size, one with the 4497 the other with the 4499, they simply swapped the boxes. Both boxes were switched off before listening, not perfect! There is somewhere on the internet a story about AKM and the 4499 where both boxes can be seen. Matt
  12. Just coming back from High End Munich. AKM had a booth and performed listening demos for manufacturers by appointment of the 4497 vs 4499. Though consumer without financial interests they did a comparison for me and my wife. First three pieces with 4497, then the same with the 4499. The 4499 is a clear step above the 4497. More musicality, better musical understanding, better musical performers. But Clay is right, it is a pity that he can not use the output transformers with the 4499. Matt
  13. Hi Clay, congratulations for Fein II. Will there be a Groß II as well or is because of the larger output transformers no place on the circuit board for an interior power supply like Fein II? Thanks Matt
  14. Certainly the USBridge is a good device but you listened to it with three additional devices between it and the Klein. How does it sound alone and remember the replacement for USBridge is not far away. Matt
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